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Red Rock West (1993)

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Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

John Dahl, Rick Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Michael
Craig Reay ... Jim
Vance Johnson Vance Johnson ... Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel Robert Apel ... Howard
Bobby Joe McFadden Bobby Joe McFadden ... Old Man
J.T. Walsh ... Wayne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Suzanne
Dale Gibson ... Kurt
Ted Parks Ted Parks ... Cashier
Babs Bram Babs Bram ... Receptionist
Robert Guajardo Robert Guajardo ... Doctor
Sarah Sullivan Sarah Sullivan ... Nurse
Timothy Carhart ... Deputy Greytack
Dan Shor ... Deputy Bowman
Dennis Hopper ... Lyle
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Storyline

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle. Written by Rob Hartill

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...All Roads Lead To Intrigue. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiració a Red Rock West See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,502,551
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Significant portions of this "Wyoming" film was shot on location in Montana, writer/director John Dahl and his brother, writer/producer Rick Dahl's home state, as well as Arizona. See more »

Goofs

The train is Southern Pacific, correct for the shooting locale, Arizona, but not possible for the story's setting in Wyoming where it would be Union Pacific. See more »

Quotes

Truck Driver: [points gun at Michael's head] Does that tickle? 'Cause it won't if I pull the trigger! What the hell are you doing on my truck?
Michael Williams: Sorry boss, I didn't mean to scare 'ya.
Truck Driver: [Smiles and points the gun closer] Do I look scared to you? What the hell are you doing on my truck?
Michael Williams: I was just trying to ditch my old lady.
Truck Driver: You were WHAT?
Michael Williams: Yeah, she caught me in the barn, and I wasn't supposed to be there, and she started sproutin' horns and shit.
Truck Driver: Bullshit. Bullshit.
[cocks gun and smiles]
Truck Driver: Look at that ...
[...]
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Special Thanks: Mom & Dad See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I BUY HER ROSES
Written by Roger Brown & Glenn Ray
Performed by Sammy Kershaw
Courtesy of Mercury Records Nashville
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Here's your definition of modern film noir
7 February 2002 | by metrik7See all my reviews

In any number of films, you can find Nicholas Cage as a strong, silent hero, Dennis Hopper as a homicidal maniac, Lara Flynn Boyle as a vamp/tramp, and the late, lamented J.T. Walsh as the heavy. These are the types of roles these four can play in their sleep, and they have done so often enough that to see them playing them again borders on cliche. What a relief, therefore, that John Dahl, a master at getting a lot of mood out of a little action, directed this nuanced noirish thriller. Hopper manages to keep from going over the top, Cage shows a little more depth than his usually-superficial action heroes, Boyle is by turns sultry, innocent, and scheming, and one gets a sense of the hard iron of the soul that is central to his character, Wayne. Dahl's direction gives a sense of the emptiness of the Big Sky country where the story takes place while also being intimate enough to show how a wrinkled brow can indicate a radical change of plot in store. The plot twists are top-notch, and one of the other great twists in this movie is that some of the supporting characters actually act as if they have brains. It isn't often that minor characters like deputy sheriffs have more brains than their headlining superiors. But with a director as smart as Dahl, you shouldn't be surprised by the intelligence of anything connected with this film. An excellent movie.


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